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Beginning Ceramics is an introductory studio course, consisting of both hand-building and potter’s wheel methods. The course includes an examination of clay, glaze, decoration methods, and firing processes. Hand-building methods will include pinch, coil, and slab. Students will create both functional and sculptural works of art. Students will participate in individual and group critiques of student projects. Elements of three-dimensional design will be introduced; including volume, mass, light, shadow, and texture.
Intermediate Ceramics students will build on concepts and skills acquired in Beginning Ceramics, and demonstrate an intermediate skill level and individual style. Students in Intermediate Ceramics will expand upon the hand-building techniques, such as pinch, coil, and slab learned in Beginning Ceramics, and continue to develop more technical skill on the potter’s wheel. This class emphasize creating both sculptural and functional works with clay, while also including art criticism and art history.
Advanced Ceramics is intended to prepare students for the development of a college-ready portfolio. Students will work on developing more technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities. This includes the use of historic and contemporary references in ceramics and other arts, criticism, and expression of personal concepts in works. Students will investigate choices in materials to express a personal direction. A research concept will be identified by the student for each semester’s investigation. Students are expected to participate in critiques to identify strengths and weaknesses and promote the growth and exchange of ideas.
AP 3D Portfolio is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. This course is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP 3D Design Portfolio course is intended to address sculptural ceramics involving purposeful decision-making, using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students are asked to demonstrate understanding of design principles as they relate to the integration of depth and space as well as volume and surface. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3-D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, but not limited, figurative or non-figurative sculpture, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics, glass work, installation, assemblage, and 3-D fabric/fiber arts.
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